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Bruce Hanington

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Bruce Hanington is an Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies for the MDES, MPS and MA programs, and former Program Chair of Industrial Design.

His core teaching includes How People Work, Research Methods for Design, Design Principles and Practices, and The Meaning of Form (Industrial Design Studio). Bruce has dedicated his teaching and research to methods and practices for human centered design, with an emphasis on design ethnography, participatory design, and the meaning of form in context. Bruce has also taught Design Thinking for executive education and MBA leadership, in cooperation with the Tepper School of Business.

Bruce’s past projects include work with General Electric’s Appliance division designing human-centered appliances, and research for Johnson & Johnson on design opportunities to enhance prescription skin care compliance among teens. Currently he participates in research on assessing use and behavior patterns in the graduate design studio as a learning environment.

Bruce has presented papers on human-centered design and design for human experience at international conferences of the Design Research Society (DRS), The International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR), and Design & Emotion. His work has been published in Design Issues, The Design Journal, and Interactions, with chapters in Designing Inclusive Futures, and Design and Emotion: The Experience of Everyday Things. He has forthcoming book chapters on Design and Emotional Experience, and Human Centered Sustainable Design. Bruce is co-author of the book Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions with Master of Design alum Bella Martin.

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